Can you think of the healthiest and most nourishing food that has ever been in your house? If you’ve ever had bone broth, you’re on the right track. It is one of our favorite things! I have a favorite brand I used to buy for convienience, but it’s much cheaper and economical if you take the time to make it, not to mention far more delicious! I’d love to share my favorite recipe with you.
Personally, I like to keep some organic chicken bone broth in the fridge at all times to drink like I would tea, about once or twice a day. You can freeze it in jars and take it out as needed, but it goes so quickly in our home that I’ve never had to do that. Sometimes I heat it up with a little sea salt and ground pepper, or even some green onion for extra flavor. I’ve noticed on days when I’ve indulged in refined sugar or something too processed, my stomach is not happy with me, so I’ll make myself a cup and it almost coats my insides and instantly dispels that discomfort. It’s also one of the healthiest ways to start your morning!
Did you know your gut is known as our second brain? When it’s working properly, so does the rest of your body. The chemicals and processed foods combined with all the many unavoidable toxins that are everywhere these days, are responsible for countless health problems. Bone broth made from pastured and grass-fed animals with organic vegetables is an excellent way to heal the lining in your gut. It also reduces inflammation and helps with natural detoxification. If there is something you’ve been struggling with, anywhere from acne to arthritis, caring for your gut will bring drastic improvement! Aside from starting my day off on the right foot, here are some of the reasons I hopped up and got myself a cup of bone broth:
-A sore back first thing in the morning.
-Cramps, PMS, and bloating.
-Aching muscles after a tough workout.
-My kids had a cold and I wanted a little immunity boost.
The very first recipe I tried came from Jessica and Stacy at The Real Food Dietitians. It was incredible and the more I made it, the more things I’d change to fit my preferences. I have to add that their recipe provides 10 whole grams of protein in just 1 cup! Who doesn’t love that? I learned from these ladies that one of the most important aspects of creating the perfect gut-healing bone broth is adding an acid to help pull out and break down all the nutrients that we need. They use apple cider vinegar, which is what I’ll forever use because it turned out incredible. At first, when I could smell it cooking, I was a little hesitant but by the time I tried my first sip I had forgotten about the vinegar and I sat there trying to figure out why exactly this was the most delicious thing I’ve ever had. Do not leave out that key ingredient!
I prefer chicken bone broth over beef, but both are excellent sources of nutrients. I start mine off with an entire chicken, but like The Real Food Dietitians, you can start with just the bones. They even add in chicken’s feet for added benefit. Here is my recipe:
1 full organic pasture raised chicken.
1 large onion cut into chunks. (You can just cut the whole thing into fourths and pull it apart.)
4-6 medium carrots peeled and cut into pieces.
4-6 celery stalks, washed and cut.
4-5 peeled and crushed cloves of garlic.
1-inch knob of ginger with the peel left on, but washed.
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar (DO NOT LEAVE THIS OUT!)
Water to fill the pot
1. Place all ingredients in a large stockpot, add more water as it boils out while the chicken is cooking. (The fewer vegetables you use, the larger the chunks can be. I prefer more, so I cut mine smaller to allow more room for the water.)
2. Once the chicken is done, take it out and remove all meat. Place the bones back into the broth. From here you can do one of two things:
A. Cover the pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 24 hours, continuously adding more water as needed. Keep the bones covered.
B. Pour everything into a crockpot or slow cooker for 24-36 hours. (My preferred method. I also add more water in, to almost fill my large crockpot.)
3. Once complete, let the broth cool a little before pouring it through a strainer and store in Tupperware or mason jars in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can absolutely store extra in the freezer! When you pour some into a bowl or cup, be sure to scoop out the hardened fat on top before heating it up.
I like to enjoy it with a touch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper stirred in. Every once in a while, I’ll heat it up with some green onion for a different flavor. Enjoy!
If you’re still on the fence about giving it a try, go ahead and google the benefits of bone broth. I feel like I’m still discovering some new way it helps my body with every new article I read.